Liverpool might have lost away to Braga in the first leg of the Europa Cup round of 16, but manager Kenny Dalglish believes they will make a comeback in the second leg.
"At 1-0 we're still in it,” he said. “But if we play like that at Anfield we have no chance. The way we started the first 35 minutes was terrible.
“You don’t know if it is a good result or bad result until the second leg.”
The legendary manager for Liverpool says Andy Carroll might be the key to a successful second leg match. “We looked a lot more threatening when Andy came on. He is a good option for us.”
The second half was also promising for Liverpool, with the side at least showing potential to beat their opposition. "To give the lads credit, they picked things up and raised the tempo and with a bit of luck we could have got an equalizer,” Dalglish said.
Liverpool went to Portugal as favourites to take down Braga, who are currently 6th on the Liga Sagres table. Andy Carroll made his European debut for the side as a substitute, coming on in the 57th minute.
While Braga coach Domingos Paciencia’s side now holds the lead in the cup tie, he is still remaining very cautious about what can happen in the second leg at Anfield. "I am optimistic but I know Liverpool is a big team, one of the teams who can win the competition so we have to be very careful."